Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued his first veto this afternoon on legislation that would have placed a four year moratorium on local governments from banning plastic straws (story HERE). The decision underlines his commitment to protecting the environment and the power of local governments.
DeSantis is a pro environment Republican, a term many of his critics would deny even exists. He campaigned on restoring the Everglades, he’s against off shore drilling, and is committed to preserving water quality in the state.
“These measures have not, as far as I can tell, frustrated any state policy or harmed the state’s interests.” said DeSantis in his statement “In fact, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has encouraged Florida residents, schools and businesses to reduce plastic straw use. Under these circumstances, the state should simply allow local communities to address this issue through the political process. Citizens who oppose plastic straw ordinances can seek recourse by electing people who share their views.”
Exactly. Allow communities to address this issue through the political process.
We finally have a Governor who is not actively trying to step on the toes of local government. Another bill, one far more controversial would arm school teachers, but also defers final judgement to local school boards (story HERE).
Turning back to the issue at hand, here in Orlando, we’re already looking for alternatives to plastic straws (story HERE). There simply isn’t a reason not to.
To bring things back down to earth for a moment, while many people will be applauding the veto of this bill, it’s also not a sure indication of how DeSantis will act when other bills land on his desk. While many people agree this is a common sense veto, our views may not line up the next time.
But this is a good start.